YOUR HOUND LODGE EXPERIENCE
After the frantic build up the weeks before Christmas we often desperately need to spend some precious time with close family and friends. At Goodwood, surrounded by nature that has been allowed to take its course, the natural rhythm of life brings stability, and a chance to escape the hectic pace of modern-day living.
Arrive to tea and homemade cake ready and waiting in the drawing room, served by our butler James. Later, perhaps take a walk through the flint and brick arches of the courtyard into the ancient woodland of the Valdoe, or explore some of the picturesque parkland of the Estate by foot or on one of our bikes.
Return to Hound Lodge and enjoy a few drinks before an intimate Christmas Eve supper. If you wish, you will be driven by our butler to Midnight Mass or any of the Christmas church services at Chichester Cathedral, which is over 900 years old and one of the oldest in England. Wake to the serenity of a winter scene, perhaps the Sussex countryside will be sprinkled with snow. Begin the day with a relaxing breakfast.
Christmas day promises to be a convivial affair with a traditional lunch in the splendid dining room. After, put your feet up in the drawing room in front of the Queen’s Speech or play cards or board games, enjoying your favourite drinks from the bar. Try our Gin Trolley, where you get to sample both local and renowned gins combined with exquisite flavours for a unique tasting and pairing experience.
Christmas will be magical for any little ones coming to stay with plenty of special treats, including a visit from Father Christmas, vintage stockings hung above the fireplace for Christmas day and traditional story books to be read aloud evoking nostalgic memories. Dogs are warmly welcomed to Hound Lodge and will be made to feel at home with the choice of a plush dog basket and their own enamel engraved dog bowl available during their stay. There is plenty to keep you and your four-legged guests entertained, whether it’s a walk in the private forest, or simply lazing by the fire, dogs, and their owners, are warmly welcomed at Hound Lodge.
The Hound Lodge butler and chef will make sure you and your guests are discreetly taken care of at all times, leaving you free to enjoy every moment. The service is warm yet understated, just like staying in the very smartest house parties of the nineteenth century. To assist with the planning of your stay, our very own Guest Liaison will be there to guide you through making the most of all Goodwood has to offer and ensuring your stay is everything you want it to be.